President's Message: July 23, 2021

Dear Florida Tech community,

The fall semester is within sight. Vigilance and preparedness must remain our watchwords.

I've been speaking with you for weeks about a spike in coronavirus cases across the state. Our community must take notice—the number of COVID-19 cases in our county has risen sharply, with 1,443 cases of the virus reported in Brevard last week. That's more than double the cases reported in the previous week and nearly triple the cases reported the week before that, according to local media accounts of data compiled by the Florida Department of Health.

The pandemic isn't over. We must deploy the tools in our arsenal to continue the fight. We strongly recommend vaccinations. In addition, handwashing, social distancing, and face coverings are important components of staying healthy as you carefully consider your personal circumstances.

This week we know of no new cases of COVID-19 among students or faculty and two staff cases. We wish these individuals a speedy recovery.

Are you making wise choices and monitoring your health? A safe "Return to Learn" next month requires us all to do our part.

Sincerely,

T. Dwayne McCay, Ph.D.
President & CEO